Lee Mannion | Thursday 19th May, 2022
In the ever-changing world of finance, understanding the intricacies of workplace pension rules can be challenging. However it's important to understand the law and obligations whether you're a business owner or the responsible party within a company.
Despite 9.4 million people contributing to personal pensions monthly, many are still unaware of the basic pension requirements in the UK.
A pension plays a significant role in later-life comfort and peace of mind. Therefore, learning the basic fundamental employee and employer pension requirements is essential. So, what exactly are these rules, and why are they important for both employers and employees?
Before we start, let's briefly summarise workplace pensions.
Workplace pension schemes were adopted by the UK government primarily due to the pension savings crisis. People retiring weren't saving enough money, increasing their dependency on the State pension.
Employers in the UK are legally required to offer a workplace pension or auto-enrolment scheme for retirement under some rules (more about this below).
With these, employers create the pension on their employee's behalf. Each worker can then contribute into their pension pot each month from their pre-taxed salary.
Additionally, the employer is legally required to add a minimum of 3% of the worker's salary into their chosen scheme, although there are limits.
One of the primary pension requirements in the UK is that employers must offer a workplace scheme for all eligible employees by law.
This pension is contributed to by:
To qualify for an auto-enrolment or work pension scheme, employees need to fit the below criteria:
A UK employer must enrol you into a chosen pension scheme if you fit the above rules. The only time you will be exempt is because of the following:
If you fit any of the above, you could get disqualified from receiving a pension from the employer. For more, check out our complete guide to auto enrolment rules.
As a UK pension requirement, 8% of your total wage must enter a pension scheme. An employer must contribute a minimum of 3%, so it's typically split 4% from the employee, and 3% from the company with the final 1% coming as tax relief.
For an employee earning £50,000 per year that breaks down as:
However, employers can pay more than 3%. If the employer contributes 8% or above, your employees won't have to contribute anything themselves (although they can still add extra on top if they wish).
Many companies prefer to offer above the minimum contribution to attract and retain talented employees. There is no upper limit on how much an employer can contribute, beyond the annual pension allowance.
Now you know a little more about what you do and don't need to provide for a company pension scheme as an employer, you'll want to pick your pension partner.
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